Mathew Knowles: Split with Beyonce was 'strategic'
April 12th, 2011
04:37 PM ET

Mathew Knowles: Split with Beyonce was 'strategic'

Mathew Knowles says in an interview with that the decision to leave his gig as daughter Beyonce’s manager was not only an amicable one, but strategic.

“The transition started way before the official announcement,” Knowles revealed. “If you’re strategic, which we are, you don’t make a decision like that before you start dialogue. That dialogue started nine months ago.”

When the day arrived to reveal the news that the father and daughter’s business relationship had reached an end, Knowles said in a statement, "The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment."

Of course, Knowles added to Black Enterprise, “At the end of the day, I’m Beyonce’s father first and her manager second. Remember, this is 20 years I’ve been doing this. She’s almost 30 years old, and if she says, ‘I want to run my business,’ I think she’s smart enough that she will get the right team."

And if she does still want his managerial advice, “she knows she can call me anytime. It takes a lot of hours and a lot of staff to run the business of Beyonce,” Knowles laughed.

Knowles’ Music World Entertainment does still manage Destiny’s Child, however, and the exec said he can see the female supergroup eventually putting out a little something for their fans.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if one day...Destiny’s Child goes on tour," Knowles said (which would definitely delight the fans that are waiting for a reunion). Or, perhaps, Knowles mused, “puts out a commemorative box set that includes everything about them that their lifelong fans want.”

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  1. Hanover Fist

    @Lay-Z: and a big ol' Gorilla nose!

    April 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hanover Fist

    @mark: you are not #1 either. More like #2. That's what it smells like, anyway.

    April 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hanover Fist

    and her father smells of elderberries! I f@rt in your general direction!

    April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mark

    White folks u better get used to u are not #1 in nothing over here anymore. The hispanics out number u now and they are prettier and smarter than u with your fake breast and face lifts.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Black Attorney

      At Mark.

      Son it black folks like you that give us a bad name. Look at your sentence..."White folks u better get used to u are not #1 in nothing over here anymore."

      Its a double negative. Some of you black folks are just so dumb and ghetto acting. Get over your blackness.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Couch tater

    Angie, you must not know the definition of "class act" because Mr. Knowles certainly is NOT a class act. Oh and this isn't an opinion, it's a FACT!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. MEEEE

    One does not "gain" class. One either has this quality, or one does not.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deb

    Nobody's hating on Beyonce. Ppl are just tired of her no acting OVER exposed self. Dad has a baby's mama which has tarnished B's rep. I'm sorry but after he pimped young girls then goes and gets one pregnant on his wife is a VERY sad situation but then just like STUPID blk folks stood by REV Jesse jackson and his baby mama they will stand by Mathew. Can Jay Z get her (and Rhianna) preggers so we can get a d@ break!?????

    April 13, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*machined1

      Exhale. Wheew! I got a head rush reading that. I do agree she needs to lay low for a bit and start spending that money. really shouldnt comment about a group of people of which you do not belong. I suppose you have things to say about hispanics, asians, indians etc. Just understand these people are not going away until the end comes for all. Que dios le bendiga! Vive la raza!

      April 13, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Name*machined1

    Some people just lack flavor. Boring.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. lindsey

    lindsay lohan could act any part given to her. sing act whatever. Beyounce can sing, no acting skills there, just
    boxtox and next yr full face lift.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. LZL

    I totally agree with you Chuck!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name*machined1

    @ Dook...real nice. Real nice. Open your heart, love well, live well. Que dios le bendiga! God bless!

    April 13, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Name*machined1

    @ material please. Not much new material out there....

    April 13, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. alberto

    he's old,she's getting old (by entertainment standards) so she is going to go in a new direction. she's not really talented and a really bad actress and i would think she'd have some class by now but she still doesn't.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bronson Young

    With everything going on in this world right now...WHO CARES about this crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. choc

    All thou this funny to read. We should all put more thought into our own lives and maybe the lives we lead would be richer.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  16. fernace

    Beyoce is almost 30, married to a hiphop emperor & her dads knockin' up his g-friend whos B's age! Yep, I'd want control of my own biz too. Matthew's had a great run, made his family famous& rich, lets see what else he can come up with. We know B's gonna knock em out tha box, what will Matthew put out that will stir our interest? Besides new heirs, that is. I have a feeling he needs Beyonce 100% more than she needs him!

    April 13, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  17. B lo me

    @sunshine girl it was ok. @ all coward racist so hiding in your trailers u all talk tough and there is white enterprise called wall street were rich white people life hard on poor whites and blacks

    April 13, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*machined1

      Amen B lo me! Let it truly be beneath you. Do not let it unleash the demons. There is nothing new to be said about any race anymore. Same washed up material.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. lanette verdier

    I think this split has more to do with her parents recent divorce and the child that resulted from his affair. His mistress was close to Beyonce's age.

    April 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Name*cassandra

    This has everything to do with protecting that knowles wealth. What would you do if you had a brand new heir.....split up that wealth

    April 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Lola

    Is solange dating anyone right now or married? If so, who?

    April 12, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ant G


    April 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sunshine Girl*

    @Be lo me....It was pretty good, thank you. And yours? It was pretty warm here today. Alot of work, but thats usual.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jason d

    This seperation began when Mr. Knowles got his young, pretty girlfriend pregnant. Both his wife and daughters were devastated. It completely changed the relationship he had with Beyonce. This is just a PR spin.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jenn

    I think it had more to do with his daughter embracing the satanic and Illuminati symbolism that Jay Z and Lady Gaga are using constantly. He manages mostly Christian performers and I'm sure that community is well aware of what she is involving herself in. I'm also sure they are offended and very disappointed. I'm not Christian myself but it is easy to see what she is doing if you know anything about the occult. Do a search for "beyonce" and "Sigil of Baphomet" and you will see her wearing the number one symbol of Satanism.

    April 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |

    Of course it was strategic!

    April 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. B lo me

    I think she should have a seperate rep from jay z @sunshine girl how was your day

    April 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Lovebug

    I am so sick of the 'who cares' people. Stop commenting on stuff u don't care about.

    April 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |

    I think it's a good move, I see Jay Z's Roc Nation managing his wife's career ver soon.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Concernedcitizen

    Thx "jimname". Nail on the head

    April 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Concernedcitizen

    Im not concerned....

    April 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Sal Ortiz

    Beyonce and her father made an understandable choice. It is hard to work with family because family always comes first. i predict that Matt Knowles would have given more attention to his daughter weather she was famous or not.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  32. JimName

    Really, who cares.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tori

      Clearly not you, right? That must be why you are even on this page. You must be a keeper.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sunshine Girl*

    I can only imagine what it takes to manage a star like Beyonce. Maybe he wanted a break, after 20 yrs. Beyonce is smart/business saavy and Im sure she can handle her own affairs at this point in her career/life. Plus, if she ever needs help, she can always ask Jay Z. (Which I doubt will ever happen.) Probably better to leave family/business seperate anyways, to avoid all problems.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LuJinx

    I guess Beyonce & Jay Z been planning this for a while now. Meet the new member of RocNation. Jay Z is a Genius.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Peri

    Her mother is Black...just like your real father.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. JAH

    Huh@Pat? Her mother isn't white, she's black. And what does that have to do with the topic at hand. Mr. Knowles did a very good job managing his daughter's career. There's alwas time for change, , she's a brand, a global/international singer-entertainer and very much poised to take the reigns (sp) of her career. She learned from the best.....her father.

    April 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  37. shannlady

    I think it is a wonderful idea for the knowles now they can now keep business and family apart from eachother

    April 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MsLearning

    I assume Destiny's Child lifelong fans consists of the residents of the cradles Matthew Knowles enjoys robbing.

    April 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Angie

    Leaving as beyonces manager with dignity and respect beyonces father knows its time for his daughter 2 handle her own affairs.he is a class act

    April 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bath Salsa

      He isnt leaving with dignity. He was canned. And whats with this strategy? Any type of strategy was never discussed and I doubt he even knows what the word means.

      April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

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